(1) S'uka said: 'The great devotee [Uddhava] questioned by Vidura about what could be said regarding the dearest, at first, eager as he was, could not reply because of his great anxiety at the remembrance of the Lord. (2) He was one who in his childhood at five years old, being called by his mother for breakfast, did not like to have it because he was in the play of service [of Lord Krishna]. (3) That way Uddhava grew up in service and in the course of time it had never slackened; when he was just asked to tell about Him, he remembered all of the Lord His lotusfeet. (4) For a moment he fell in deadly silence by the nectar of the Lord His feet; strong as he was and well matured in the union of devotion, he became fully absorbed in the love of its goodness. (5) Every part of his body showed the signs of transcendental ecstasy and with his checking the tears from his eyes out of missing Him, Vidura came to see that he had fully assimilated His extensive love. (6) Slowly He came back down to earth from the abode of the Lord and wiping his tears away Uddhava spoke affectionately to Vidura from all those recollections.'
(7) Uddhava said: 'The sun of Krishna has set being swallowed by the great snake of what is the past. What else can I say about our wellbeing with the disappearance of the house of my family? (8) How unfortunate is this world and especially the Yadu-dynasty who living together didn't recognize the Lord any more than the fishes do recognize the moon. (9) Well acquainted with the knowledge and highly experienced, His own men were His devotees who relaxed with Him as the head of the family and could [only] think of Him as He who was behind everything. (10) The outer illusion of the Godhead infected all those and others who took to the untrue with the bewilderment of their intelligence - but the words of those never do work that way in the souls of the ones in full surrender to the Lord. (11) By exhibiting Himself to persons that went without penance and the fulfillment of ideals he took to the feat of His disappearance, withdrawing His own form from public vision. (12) His perishable was just suitable for His pastimes showing the power of His inner magic leading to the discovery of His wonders, His supreme opulence and the ultimate ornament of ornaments of His feet.
(13) It is the form which certainly of King Yudhishthhira's royal sacrifice [râjasûya] became the sight pleasing the sum total of the three worlds by which He thus today in the world has surpassed the contemplated intelligence [Brahmâ], taking the position of the people in the material world. (14) After having obtained the attachment to Him, that was powered by laughter, funny games and glances, the anguished damsels of Vraja who had followed Him with their eyes, indeed sat in silent contemplation without completing their household duties. (15) For the devotees harassed by others who live to the material conception, the all-compassionate Lord and controller of the spiritual and material, accompanied by the complete of His association, certainly as the Unborn One appears as the Supreme Lord like being fire.
(16) With this bewildering birth of the unborn I am distressed about how from the home of Vasudeva he lived in Vraja as if He feared the enemy [uncle Kamsa] and how He, the unlimitedly powerful one, fled from Mathurâ city [the capital Krishna resided in after defeating Kamsa]. (17) It hurts me in the heart thinking of how He just like Baladeva [Balarâma] had to worship the feet of his parents saying: ' O father, o mother, please excuse us for not doing our duties to you out of our great fear for Kamsa'. (18) Who, once having smelled the dust of His lotusfeet, is able to forget Him who by the mere raising of His eyebrows gave the deathblow to the burden of the earth? (19) Of course, you from your own good self could see how during Yudhishira's royal sacrifice the king of Cedi [S'is'upâla] despite of being envious of Krishna, attained to the perfection which to its full is verily desired by the yogîs who by their yoga can tolerate being separated from Him. (20) And also others who certainly were fighters in the human society and who saw Krishna's very pleasing lotus-like face and eyes on the battlefield that was purified by Arjuna's arrows, have achieved His heavenly abode. (21) He is but the unique and greater Lord of the threefold reality by whose independence supreme fortune is achieved and to whose feet all desires with their millions of helmets bow in the worship of paraphernalia as led by the eternal maintainers of order. (22) Therefore being servitors in His service it of course gives us pain, o Vidura, how He before King Ugrasena [the one ruled out by Kamsa], who was sitting on his throne awaiting, submitted Himself saying: 'O my Lord, please see it this way'.
(23) Alas to the shelter of whom else shall I take that is assuredly more merciful than He who despite of the unfaithful of the she-demon [Putânâ], who out of envy poisoned her breast deadly for nourishing, granted her the position of a mother. (24) I think that the opponents, who maintain enmity towards the Lord of the threefold, are great devotees, the way they are absorbed in thought in the fight, as they could see Him on His carrier [Garuda, the son of Târkshya - Kas'yapa] coming forth with His wheel. (25) Born of Devakî in the prison house of the king of Bhoja [Kamsa], the Supreme Lord came to bring welfare on earth as being prayed for [by the Creator]. (26) Thereafter He was brought up on the cow-pastures of His [foster] father Nanda, where He out of fear for Kamsa, together with Baladeva [Balarâma] was kept eleven years like one covers a flame. (27) Surrounded by cowherd boys and herding calves the Almighty roamed the shores of the Yamunâ through gardens that vibrated the chirping of heavenly birds in its many trees. (28) While showing of His youth His activities could only be appreciated by the inhabitants of Vraja, the land of Vrindâvana, where He just like other kids cried and laughed and was struck with wonder looking like a lion cub. (29) Certainly being the love of the wealth of cows and the reservoir of beauty, He, while tending them beauties, enlivened the cowherdboys by playing His flute. (30) The great wizards who were engaged by the King of Bhoja to take any form they liked were in the course of His pastimes killed as they came there, just like a child does with dolls. (31) [To help the inhabitants of Vrindâvana] being perplexed by the great trouble of drinking poison [from the snake Kâliya in the Yamunâ], He subdued the chief of the reptiles and after coming out of the water He caused the cows to drink it to prove it natural again. (32) Desiring the proper use of the wealth of Nanda, the king of the cowherds his opulence, He with the help of the brahmins made them to perform the worship of the cows and the land [instead of that of Indra]. (33) Indra angry on being insulted highly perturbed made heavy rains pour down on Vraja from which the cowherds were protected by the merciful Lord with His pastime of the [Govardhana] hill that served as an umbrella, o sober Vidura. (34) In autumn He in the night brightened by moonshine thought it to sing pleasing songs to enjoy the women, being the beauty in their midst.'